Kashipur Solidarity: 7th National Conference of Women's Movements, India, 2006

Dear friends,

Below is a letter to the Orissa CM protesting the repression of the people of Kashipur resisting the attempts to set up huge mining projects. Please try to publicise, follow up with stories etc. Contact e.mail id for further info is kashipur_sangharsh@yahoo.co.in

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To,

Shri Naveen Patnaik,
Chief Minister,
Government of Orissa,
Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

SUBJECT: 7th National Conference of Women's Movements, Kolkata condemns State repression on the people of Kashipur in Orissa.

Dear Sir,

We, as participants of the 7th National Conference of Women's Movements, 9 - 12 September, 2006, Kolkata strongly condemn the continuing State and police repression on the struggle of the people of Kashipur, who are resisting the attempts of UAIL and ALCAN to begin bauxite mining in the area.

Our enclosed statement has been endorsed by 52 women's organizations and activists from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, New Delhi, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and West Bengal. It has also been endorsed by several eminent women like Mahashweta Devi (Kolkata), Gabriele Dietrich (Madurai, Tamil Nadu), and Ilina Sen (Raipur, Madhya Pradesh).

§ We view the current 'industrial development' agenda for Orissa set by multinational companies and the State, as advesrsely affecting the lives of the adivasis and dalits of the area who will be displaced in thousands by the mining projects.
§ We supported the struggle of the people of Kashipur for land, livelihood and dignity in conference sessions pertaining to Displacement, Adivasi Rights, and State Violence.
§ We strongly condemn your government overruling people's just demands and using repressive measures to facilitate the entry of mining companies in the name of development.
§ We demand:
o an immediate cancellation of mining projects in Orissa
o immediate stoppage of police repression
o unconditional withdrawal of police charges on local people and activists of Kashipur
o that development of any kind be carried out with the explicit informed consent of the people whose lands and livelihoods are at stake.

Anticipating an urgent intervention from you in the interests of the people of Kashipur.

Sincerely,
On behalf of the 7th National Conference of Women's Movements, Kolkata

Ranjana Padhi Shabnam Nilanjana Biswas
New Delhi Mumbai Bangalore

Dated: Kolkata, 12 Sep. 06 Contact: kashipur_sangharsh@yahoo.co.in